Awe, look at how cute everything was back in 2008. Way back in the day I was in awe of blooming daffodils in early March, and the fact that succulents survived outdoors year round. Sadly we don’t have any pre-Agave pics. I remember a really sad looking Abutilon, but I forget what else was planted here before we took over and went succulent crazy. Nothing cool enough to take pictures of.
More little baby succulents. Matti just yanked out that baby Agave last month. The cactus is dead. I never noticed there was a unicorn on that little stepping stone thing until just now. We knew early we wanted a surf/unicorn theme.
That bowling pin may look decorative, but it’s there to protect the smaller succulents from our neighbor’s dog walking around in there. She’s little, so she doesn’t do very much. The mice/rats running around at the night are very tempting.
The rosemary being held up with a rope is gone. It was getting pretty gnarly and annoying. The clump of Dietes vegeta (Fortnight Lily) is long gone too. For six months I had no idea what it was. It was a freebie from an Mission roof garden going away plant giveaway. The three plants front right died. I don’t even remember what they were, except for the poppy.
The Cerinthe has been yanked since this was taken, but I often forget that there’s a weird little wooden frame thing in there. Matti ripped out the wood edging months ago.
Wholly crap! We used to have an entire yard full of grass and a cold frame thing. The cold frame turned out to be a big pain in the ass and we ripped it out. I had a successful crop of lettuce in there, but it was really hard to get in there to do anything. That picnic table has gone to picnic table heaven (staghorn fern class mounting materials).
I’m not sure what to call this explosion of crap in the middle of the lawn. It started out as a succulent dumping ground, now it’s a forest of Senecio mandraliscae (please let us know if you want some, we always have plenty to share). We’re thinking about clearing some of the insanity and putting in a few half wine barrels for more veggie growing space. Matti’s lettuce experiment has really turned around, and I’m loving the fresh salads.
Check out that big mass of nasty on the right. It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since we (Matti) went on a mattress vine killing mission. You can witness the very last of it’s demise here. Our neighbor let us relocate his weather contraption, so it no longer needs the shelter of an umbrella. Here are some pics of what’s hanging out in the mattress vine zone now:
If want to see all of the pics we took of the garden look no farther than this link. We have a few more old school ones here. It’s still hard to remember what a crap hole our back yard was when we moved in. It was so crappy we didn’t document it on film. I’ve learned my lesson, and now take a lot of before pics. I’m still pretty darn amazed at the transformation of our happy little Outer Sunset rental garden.